In the Bear's House

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N. Scott Momaday's unique connection to the beauty and spirituality of the natural world surfaces in all of his works, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel House Made of Dawn to his more recent collection In the Presence of the Sun. Yet In the Bear's House is Momaday's intensely personal quest to understand the spirit of the wilderness embodied in the animal image of Bear. Intimately linked to Bear since his childhood, Momaday searches for this elusive yet omnipresent spirit who is both the keeper and the manifestation of the wild mountains, rivers, and plains. Exploring themes of anguish, forgiveness, and belief, Momaday journeys from the bitter Siberian taiga to the blackening night sky to deep within his own timeless essence, and reveals Bear to be both a radiant presence and spiritual restorative.
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The Pulitzer-winning novelist (House Made of Dawn, 1969) offers this mixed media collage—forty paintings, a dialogue, twenty or so poems, and two poetic prose sections—all on the subject of the bear (or "Bear"), an animal of cosmic and spiritual significance among Momaday's Kiowa Indians. Momaday's blend of biblical and Native American spirituality and language seems almost old-fashioned in light of the more separatist studies that have dominated since he first arrived on the scene back in the ‘60s. In fact, his traditional verse forms and expressive clarity will remind us of his tutelage under Yvor Winters, and Janet Lewis (to whom this volume is dedicated). The longish, eight-part dialogue between Yahweh (or "Great Mystery") and Urset (the primal Bear) covers issues of essence and nature, dreaming and storytelling, time and evolution. Momaday reshapes Christian and Kiowa myth into a witty and plain-spoken cosmic exchange, and provides a perfect gloss to the seemingly simple poems that follow. Momaday's clean and sharp measures enhance a number of well-made poems that date mostly from recent times, but include a stunning portrait of a bear first written in 1963. "The Blind Astrologers" captures the dual essence of Bear as mythic and mundane; "To An Aged Bear" encourages a bear to prepare for his spirit journey after death; "The Print of the Paw" understands the bear's mark as a "wondrous thing," the imprint suggesting a grand whole; and a few rhymed couplets and quatrains perfectly describe the bears' grandeur in life and art. The bold brushstrokes of Momaday's paintings echo the power and precision of his poetry and prose.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826348395
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 808,836
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

N. Scott Momaday is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the Academy of American Poets Prize, and the Premio Letterario Internazionale "Mondello," Italy's highest literary award. Momaday is a writer, poet, and playwright whose books include The Man Made of Words, House Made of Dawn, and In the Presence of the Sun. He lives in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5
Introduction 9
You Are, Urset. I Am, Yahweh 15
Berries 21
Prayer 25
Dreams 29
Story 33
Evolution 39
Thought 42
Time 47
The Bear 53
Scaffold Bear 54
The Corporeal Bear 55
A Bear in Bronze 56
The Blind Astrologers 58
Prayer for Words 60
The Print of the Paw 61
The Remembering 62
Ursa Major 63
To an Aged Bear 64
Tres Campos 66
Moscow Circus 69
Notes on a Hunting Scene 71
Summons 72
The Khanty Bear Feast 73
Revenant 74
Winter Solstice at Amoxiumqua 76
Meditation on Wilderness 78
Cave Painting 79
The Bear Hunt 83
The Transformation 91
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